Psychiatric and Medical Factors Associated With Disability in Patients With Dizziness

Michael R. Clark, Mark D. Sullivan, Wayne J. Katon, Joan E. Russo, Mark Fischl, Robert A. Dobie, Richard Voorhees

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Dizziness is a common patient symptom and often remains medically unexplained even after an extensive work-up. The otologic disorders, psychiatric disorders, and functional disability of 75 patients presenting with dizziness to a community otolaryn gology practice were assessed in 1991. The patients were classified according to the presence or absence of at least one current DSM-III-R psychiatric disorder and the presence or absence of a peripheral vestibular disorder. Decrements in mental health and role functioning, and increases in bodily pain and hypochondriacal focus were significantly associated with the presence of a psychiatric disorder and whether the etiology of dizziness was due to a peripheral vestibular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-415
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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